As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been countless exhibition closures, gig and event cancellations, all translating into lost income for low-income artists, musicians, and cultural producers.
After seeing this initiative started in NYC by Shawn Escarciga and Nadia Tykulsker , we wanted to start this Canadian sister fund in order to help our own cultural workers in major cities across Canada.
We seek to provide support for low-income artists and musicians whose livelihoods are being effected by this pandemic. Whether it’s from cancelled gigs, lost jobs, or a lack of business due to coronavirus scares, our intention for this fund is to collectively raise money in order to provide emergency and preventative resources to those at financial risk until our government puts a solid plan in action to help. (**Updates on government aid programs will also be posted to the updates section as they unfold)
At this time: the fund will go to support artists and musicians in :
– Greater Montréal
– Greater Toronto region
*** Depending on how much we raise, we may be able to support other regions. You may still fill out the survey if you are outside these areas and we will keep you updated.
TO APPLY FOR FUNDING AS A LOW INCOME ARTIST/MUSICIAN/DANCER/PERFORMER (and any other artistic discipline):
Please complete this survey form. This will help us prioritize those in our community most at-risk and in need. All information shared remains confidential. Please wait to hear back from us in a couple days on the status of your request.
We will asses the applications for funding on a rolling basis and each week we will disperse it accordingly to all those who apply via the survey. The more funding we receive, the more money we can provide to more people. Funding dispersement schedule is each week starting on March 22nd.
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TRANSPARENCY OF DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS:
As survey applications come in, we will withdraw the funds and send them directly to the individual artists requesting them (the beneficiary). Funds will be split equally each week between everyone who applies for aid. We will be keeping public records of all fund distribution available in a Google Sheet. Funds will go directly to the artists to counter any lost income incurred as a result of cancelled jobs, gigs, and illnesses due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Organizations who would like to get involved: please contact us.
Want to help us monitor and moderate this GoFund Me? We can use all the help we can get! please get in touch!
Any other questions, please contact us.
Love, Art, Hope.
THANK YOU to the NYC Low-income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund and Seattle Artists Relief Fund for providing a solid model for seeking support for artists effected by the pandemic. We have borrowed some language above because it feels effective and necessary.
For more information click here.